What Happened in May 1852

Historical Events

  • May 1 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm publish the first part of their German Dictionary (fully completed 1961)

  • May 18 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)

Person of interestCalamity Jane

May 1 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • May 4 Alice Liddell, English schoolgirl model for Alice in Wonderland, born in London (d. 1934)
  • May 11 Charles Warren Fairbanks, (R) 26th US VP (1905-09)
  • May 18 Gertrude Käsebier, pioneering American photgrapher, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 22 Emile Sauret, composer
  • May 24 Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, Scottish politician, born in London (d. 1936)
  • May 25 William Muldoon, US wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia," (d. 1933)
  • May 27 Billy Barnes, cricketer (England all-rounder 1880-90)
  • May 29 Jindrich z Albestu Kaan, composer
  • May 31 Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (d. 1919)

Famous Deaths

  • May 6 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • May 12 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies at 55
  • May 15 Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), dies at 77